By Kathy L. Collins

The Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin holds a variety of interesting and intriguing events for both adults and children. The next event on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. will be the last in its Spring Reading Series and will feature fiction writer, Marcus Pactor.  This event is free and open to the public.

Come and meet the author, listen to a reading, engage in a Q&A session and enjoy some light refreshments. Pactor will have books for sale and will sign them.

Pactor lives in Jacksonville where he teaches at the University of North Florida. His short story collection, Vs. Death Noises, won the 2011 Subito Press Prize for Fiction. Pactor’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net award. His thoughts about almost everything can be found at

As construction on the Firehouse Cultural Center nears completion, it is getting ready to host four weeks of summer camps for children called, “Fireworks!” Nina Tatlock said, “We are looking forward to the completion of the construction and are excited to get our air-conditioning so we can have our summer programs this year.”

The Firehouse Cultural Center’s summer programs will be four exciting weeks of one-week-long arts blasts that are sure to spark and fuel the imagination of children ages 8 to 14.

The first week of camp will be held from June 17 through 21; the second week will be held from June 24 through 28; the third from July 8 through 12; and the last week will be from July 15 through 19. Full and half-day sessions are available. The morning will run from 9 a.m. to noon. The afternoon will be from 12:30 to 3:45. Children attending full-day sessions must pack a lunch each day.

The cost of the full day for a week is $140, and the cost for half-day full-week session is $75. Members receive a discount.

For more information on the visit by Marcus Pactor, summer camps and registration, please visit or call 645-7651. The Firehouse Cultural Center is located at 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin.


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